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23 Times Science Went Terribly, Terribly Wrong

Cheetah poop, pee, and gluing yourself to a crocodile are just some of the hazards of a #fieldworkfail.

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When scientists step out of the safety of a lab, anything can happen. Here are some of the funniest #fieldworkfail stories that researchers are sharing on Twitter.

Outside of a controlled environment, things can get a little messy.

1.

That sinking feeling when you realise you have inadvertently exchanged saliva with a dead jackal #fieldworkfail

2.

When you are collecting cheetah poop and drop some on yourself. #fieldworkfail #distractinglysexy

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3.

The first time I hiked to active lava flows in HI, I melted the soles of my boots. Then I went through water and they shrank. #fieldworkfail

4.

Spilled dirty ethanol & clove oil down front of wetsuit. Had 2 pretend I wasn't getting chemical burns while talking to crew #fieldworkfail

It's easy to be distracted when there's so much going on around you.

5.

Skillfully applied thousand dollar satellite tag to manta ray. The same manta ray I tagged yesterday #fieldworkfail

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6.

Caught in thunderstorm, ditched metal auger to be safe. When I got back remembered I was wearing GPS backpack with 3m aerial. #fieldworkfail

7.

Thinking you are alone having a peaceful pee, only to straighten up and find cars full of tourists looking at you. #fieldworkfail

8.

Leave mess tent not wearing my glasses, wonder where the brown tent came from & why it's moving. Opposite of Bear Aware. #fieldworkfail

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9.

I thought I was deleting just 1 picture from the digital camera. Nope. Erased. All. The. Pictures #fieldworkfail

10.

For 20% of my camera traps, this was their fate: death by elephant #fieldworkfail

11.

On the first day of field work for my MS thesis, my car got stuck on some train tracks and yes, got hit by a train. #FieldWorkFail

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12.

Sank the boat in the middle of a crocodile survey. Twice. #fieldworkfail

13.

When you lose any entire wheel on drive. I mean an entire wheel. #fieldworkfail

14.

A lizard that had eluded capture for weeks jumped on my head and ran down the entire length of me. I still couldn't catch it. #fieldworkfail

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15.

Spent 15 min. in W. Texas trying to identify rodent in live trap. Field guide failed to help. It was a Hamster. #fieldworkfail

16.

While tracking large alligator, remarked to colleagues, "Wow, these tracks look really fresh!" Looked up. "Oh, there it is." #fieldworkfail

17.

Accidentally glued myself to a crocodile while attaching a radio transmitter. #fieldworkfail

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18.

Not a crocodile but I accidentally glued myself to a very angry crab. #fieldworkfail #Igluedmyself @AgataStaniewicz

19.

Forgot to bring enough seasickness meds to Tarawa. Attempt to purchase locally w/ gestures led to a corset & pregnancy test #fieldworkfail

20.

Having to 'ride' the model #shark to the sea floor because it's just too buoyant #fieldworkfail

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21.

Muskox fell into our excavation block, destroyed our walls and peed everywhere. Muskox fine, stinky digging, however #fieldworkfail

22.

Finding out the ground was not as stable as appeared #Askja #Fieldworkfail camerawoman took pic instead of helping

23.

Released a goldfinch "Mr flappy" that was immediately captured by a falcon in front of 24 horrified middle school girls #fieldworkfail